Resource Directory

Wide range of resources to support local business development and growth across the Halifax Region.

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  • Association of Industry Sector Councils

    AISC is the convenor organization for Nova Scotia's 14 Industry Sector Councils, which address workforce development and HR opportunities and issues, on behalf of employers in their industry.

    • HR Support
      • Workforce Training
      • Cultural Competence Training
      • Labour Market Information
    • Business Development & Growth
      • Business Transition & Succession
    • Business Connections & Collaborations
      • Industry Associations

  • Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO)

    We are Canada’s intellectual property (IP) office. We are the granting/registering authority in Canada for trademarks, copyrights, patents, and industrial designs.

    • Business Development & Growth
      • Mentors and Advisors
    • Government Services & Procurement
      • Understanding Government Regulations
      • Intellectual Property Services
    • Business Connections & Collaborations
      • Innovation Partners
    • Entrepreneurship & Innovation Support
      • R&D / Commercialization

  • Centre for Women in Business

    The Centre for Women in Business is dedicated to helping women business owners and entrepreneurs across Canada succeed through exposure, connection, and learning.

    • Business Development & Growth
      • Business Continuity Planning
      • Export Assistance
      • Mentors and Advisors
    • Government Services & Procurement
      • Selling to Governments
    • Business Connections & Collaborations
      • Chambers/Business Associations
      • Industry Associations
    • Entrepreneurship & Innovation Support
      • Acceleration and Incubation
      • Sandbox

  • COVE

    COVE is a high-tech innovation hub for the global marine sector. It is both a shared physical space and a collaborative community that brings marine technology organizations together. COVE is where ideas become solutions, technologies become ventures, and opportunities become careers.

    • HR Support
      • Work Integrated Learning
      • Workforce Training
    • Business Development & Growth
      • Education and Training
      • Energy Solutions
      • Marketing, Market Research, Product development
    • Business Connections & Collaborations
      • Industry Associations
      • Innovation Partners
      • B2B
    • Entrepreneurship & Innovation Support
      • Acceleration and Incubation
      • R&D / Commercialization
      • Coworking Space
      • Testing and Demonstrating

  • Creative Destruction Lab - Atlantic

    Through a cross-country expansion, CDL has partnered with Dalhousie’s Faculty of Management to create CDL-Atlantic. CDL-Atlantic fosters the creation of powerful “blue-green” technology ventures through strategic alignment with Dalhousie’s world-class research expertise in ocean, clean tech and environmental technology, agri-food, and bio-products.

    • Financial Support
      • Accessing Capital
    • Business Development & Growth
      • Mentors and Advisors
    • Entrepreneurship & Innovation Support
      • R&D / Commercialization

  • Dalhousie University

    As Atlantic Canada’s leading research university, we excel in collaboration with industry and opportunity for discovery.

    • HR Support
      • Work Integrated Learning
    • Business Connections & Collaborations
      • Innovation Partners
    • Entrepreneurship & Innovation Support
      • Acceleration and Incubation
      • R&D / Commercialization

  • DeepSense

    With expertise in data and oceans, DeepSense works with leaders in artificial intelligence, machine learning and applied ocean research to develop commercially useful applications.

    • Entrepreneurship & Innovation Support
      • R&D / Commercialization

  • Department of Economic Development

    The Department of Economic Development works with Invest Nova Scotia, partners, and stakeholders to attract investment and grow strategic sectors.

    • Business Connections & Collaborations
      • Economic Development
      • Innovation Partners

  • Department of Labour, Skills and Immigration (LSI)

    The Department of Labour, Skills and Immigration helps people prepare for job opportunities and build the skills they need, promotes safe work environments, and helps employers and employees know their rights and responsibilities.

    • HR Support
      • Hire International Talent
      • Work Integrated Learning
      • Workforce Training
      • Labour Market Information

  • Digital Nova Scotia

    Digital Nova Scotia is the industry association for Nova Scotia’s $2.5 billion ICT and digital technologies sector.

    • Business Development & Growth
      • Education and Training
    • Business Connections & Collaborations
      • Industry Associations
      • B2B

  • Divert NS

    We are a not-for-profit leading by example, championing our province to recycle and live in more sustainable ways.

    • Financial Support
      • Accessing Capital
    • Entrepreneurship & Innovation Support
      • Acceleration and Incubation
      • R&D / Commercialization

  • EfficiencyOne / Efficiency Nova Scotia

    EfficiencyOne is a leading efficiency enterprise. We transform the way people use energy. Together, we help people achieve their energy goals, save money, conserve resources, improve wellbeing, and combat climate change.

    • Financial Support
      • Incentives
      • Energy Financing & Rebates
    • Business Development & Growth
      • Energy Solutions

  • Emera ideaHUB

    Unique in Atlantic Canada and one of only a few early-stage deep tech incubators worldwide, the Emera ideaHUB equips diverse founders with the space, resources and expertise they need to innovate.

    • Business Development & Growth
      • Mentors and Advisors
      • Marketing, Market Research, Product development
    • Business Connections & Collaborations
      • Innovation Partners
    • Entrepreneurship & Innovation Support
      • Acceleration and Incubation
      • R&D / Commercialization
      • Coworking Space
      • Testing and Demonstrating

  • Export Development Canada

    Export Development Canada (EDC) is a Crown corporation dedicated to helping Canadian companies of all sizes succeed on the world stage.

    • Financial Support
      • Accessing Capital
    • Business Development & Growth
      • Export Assistance

  • Global Affairs Canada (Trade Commissioner Service)

    Part of Global Affairs Canada, the Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) helps Canadian businesses sell their products and services abroad by connecting them to funding and support programs, international opportunities, and our network of trade commissioners in more than 160 cities worldwide.

    • Financial Support
      • International Business Development Funding
    • Business Development & Growth
      • Export Assistance
      • Mentors and Advisors

  • Government of Nova Scotia

    With a focus on growing strategic sectors, increasing productivity, investing in entrepreneurship, and ensuring all communities experience growth and prosperity, we are building momentum and making progress to build a stronger economy and delivering positive results for all Nova Scotians.

    • HR Support
      • Hire International Talent
      • Labour Market Information
    • Business Development & Growth
      • Business Continuity Planning
      • Business Transition & Succession
    • Business Connections & Collaborations
      • Economic Development
      • Innovation Partners
    • Entrepreneurship & Innovation Support
      • Acceleration and Incubation
      • R&D / Commercialization

  • Halifax Chamber of Commerce

    The Halifax Chamber of Commerce is a business advocacy organization committed to creating value and prosperity for its members. The Chamber provides the services its members need while advocating for the conditions to enhance private sector growth.

    • Business Development & Growth
      • Export Assistance
      • Mentors and Advisors
      • Education and Training
    • Business Connections & Collaborations
      • Chambers/Business Associations
      • B2B

  • Halifax Partnership

    The Halifax Partnership is Halifax's economic development organization and helps businesses access talent, new markets and commercialization opportunities.

    • HR Support
      • Hire International Talent
      • Cultural Competence Training
      • Labour Market Information
    • Business Development & Growth
      • Business Continuity Planning
      • Business Transition & Succession
      • Export Assistance
      • Mentors and Advisors
    • Government Services & Procurement
      • Understanding Government Regulations
    • Business Connections & Collaborations
      • Economic Development
      • Innovation Partners
      • B2B
      • Government Referrals
    • Entrepreneurship & Innovation Support
      • R&D / Commercialization

  • Halifax Public Libraries

    Halifax Public Libraries provide free support for small businesses and entrepreneurs.

    • Business Development & Growth
      • Education and Training
    • Business Connections & Collaborations
      • B2B
    • Entrepreneurship & Innovation Support
      • Coworking Space

  • Halifax Regional Municipality Procurement

    Combined with smart public investment, a concentration of professional services and a growing number of high-productivity firms, the Halifax region is well-placed in a world of economic volatility and uncertainty.

    • Government Services & Procurement
      • Understanding Government Regulations
      • Selling to Governments

  • ICTC

    The Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC) is a neutral, not-for-profit national centre of expertise with the mission of strengthening Canada's digital advantage in the global economy.

    • HR Support
      • Work Integrated Learning
      • Workforce Training
    • Financial Support
      • Wage Subsidies
    • Business Development & Growth
    • Entrepreneurship & Innovation Support

  • Invest Nova Scotia

    Invest Nova Scotia promotes economic growth and community economic development in the province by enabling business, innovation, sustainability, and entrepreneurship – supporting businesses small and large, new and new to our province.

    • Business Development & Growth
    • Business Connections & Collaborations
      • Economic Development
      • Innovation Partners
    • Entrepreneurship & Innovation Support

  • ISANS

    Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS) is the leading immigrant settlement service agency in Atlantic Canada, serving over 17,000 clients annually with over 200 services with the help of our more than 420 staff, 300+ volunteers, and 50 interpreters who provide interpretation in 25 languages.

    • HR Support
      • Hire International Talent
      • Workforce Training
      • Labour Market Information
    • Business Development & Growth
      • Business Continuity Planning
      • Business Transition & Succession
      • Export Assistance
      • Education and Training
      • Marketing, Market Research, Product development
    • Government Services & Procurement
      • Understanding Government Regulations
      • Selling to Governments
      • Intellectual Property Services
    • Business Connections & Collaborations
      • Chambers/Business Associations
      • Industry Associations
      • Economic Development
      • Innovation Partners
      • B2B
      • Government Referrals
    • Entrepreneurship & Innovation Support
      • Acceleration and Incubation
      • Sandbox
      • R&D / Commercialization
      • Coworking Space
      • Testing and Demonstrating

  • LearnSphere

    LearnSphere provides practical, affordable, and accessible learning and development solutions that help businesses and organizations prosper.

    • Business Development & Growth
      • Export Assistance
      • Mentors and Advisors
      • Education and Training
    • Government Services & Procurement
      • Selling to Governments
    • Entrepreneurship & Innovation Support
      • R&D / Commercialization

  • Life Sciences Nova Scotia

    Life Sciences Nova Scotia is a not-for-profit industry association focused on creating value and prosperity for its members as well as demonstrating the unique position and potential of Nova Scotia as a burgeoning Life Sciences region.

    • Business Connections & Collaborations
      • Industry Associations
    • Entrepreneurship & Innovation Support
      • Acceleration and Incubation
      • R&D / Commercialization

  • Mitacs

    Mitacs is a national not-for-profit that facilitates R&D collaborations between partner organizations and post-secondary institutions.

    • HR Support
      • Hire International Talent
      • Work Integrated Learning
    • Business Connections & Collaborations
      • Innovation Partners
    • Entrepreneurship & Innovation Support
      • R&D / Commercialization

  • Mount Saint Vincent University

    Mount Saint Vincent University (the Mount)’s mission is to be a model of creative teaching and research that nurtures socially responsible global citizens.

    • HR Support
      • Work Integrated Learning
    • Entrepreneurship & Innovation Support
      • R&D / Commercialization

  • Nova Scotia Business Navigators

    Business Navigators help navigate regulations and requirements for new businesses.

    • Government Services & Procurement
      • Understanding Government Regulations

  • NS Boatbuilders Association

    The NSBA's mission is to support the success of our members in building, repairing and selling quality boats. We do this through workforce development and training, marketing, advocacy, and partnerships.

    • Business Connections & Collaborations
      • Industry Associations

  • Opportunity Place - Nova Scotia Works

    We help job seekers and employers navigate a range of programs - from career planning, job search, and on-the-job development to recruitment, planning, and Human Resources support.

    • HR Support
      • Labour Market Information
    • Financial Support
      • Incentives
      • Wage Subsidies
    • Business Development & Growth
      • Education and Training
    • Business Connections & Collaborations
      • Government Referrals

  • Procurement Assistance Canada, Public Services and Procurement Canada

    The Government of Canada wants to help smaller and diverse businesses sell to the government. Procurement Assistance Canada (PAC), as part of Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC), is here to make it easier for smaller and diverse businesses to bid on federal contracting opportunities.

    • Business Development & Growth
      • Education and Training
    • Government Services & Procurement
      • Understanding Government Regulations
      • Selling to Governments

  • Sackville Business Association

    Sackville Business Association is a not-for-profit association that represents the interests of local businesses. Our mandate includes beautification, community events, marketing, training, networking, and advocacy.

    • Business Connections & Collaborations
      • Chambers/Business Associations

  • Safety Branch of the Nova Scotia Occupational Health and Safety Division

    The Safety Branch with the Nova Scotia Department of Labour, Skills & Immigration concentrates efforts on safe and healthy workplaces, safe work practices, and safety standards protecting the public.

    • Business Development & Growth
      • Education and Training
    • Government Services & Procurement
      • Understanding Government Regulations
    • Business Connections & Collaborations
      • Chambers/Business Associations
      • Industry Associations

  • Science Atlantic

    Science Atlantic is a federally incorporated and registered charitable association for scientists, faculty, and students in Atlantic Canada.

    • HR Support
      • Work Integrated Learning
    • Business Connections & Collaborations
      • Innovation Partners

  • Service Nova Scotia - Procurement

    Service Nova Scotia – Procurement oversees the Nova Scotia Sustainable Procurement Policy and manages the high value procurement process for government departments as well as the Nova Scotia Health Authority.

    • Government Services & Procurement
      • Selling to Governments
    • Business Connections & Collaborations
      • Government Referrals

  • Spring Garden Area Business Association

    The Spring Garden Area Business Association if a not-for-profit organization that is the voice of Spring Garden.

    • Business Development & Growth
      • Business Transition & Succession
      • Mentors and Advisors

  • Springboard Atlantic

    Springboard Atlantic is a non-profit organization that promotes innovation, research commercialization, and intellectual property protection to grow the economy in Atlantic Canada.

    • Entrepreneurship & Innovation Support
      • Acceleration and Incubation
      • R&D / Commercialization

  • The PIER

    The PIER is Canada’s first living lab dedicated to transportation, supply chain and logistics industries.

    • Business Connections & Collaborations
      • Innovation Partners
    • Entrepreneurship & Innovation Support
      • R&D / Commercialization
      • Testing and Demonstrating

  • Tourism Nova Scotia

    Tourism Nova Scotia works with communities and industry to attract visitors to the province and support sustainable tourism growth in our communities through experience and sector development, business coaching, marketing, and visitor servicing.

    • Business Development & Growth
      • Export Assistance
      • Mentors and Advisors
      • Marketing, Market Research, Product development

  • Volta

    Our mission is to empower startups to embrace the necessary risks for building exceptionally valuable companies.

    • Business Development & Growth
      • Mentors and Advisors
      • Education and Training
    • Business Connections & Collaborations
      • Innovation Partners
    • Entrepreneurship & Innovation Support
      • Acceleration and Incubation
      • Coworking Space

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